Saturday, August 3, 2013

Akagi Chapter 173


Well, that was certainly the longest hiatus we've ever had. 2 months, jesus. But we're back, and this time with two new cleaners, Leoho and TA! Thanks a lot to everyone who applied, and while I didn't choose all of you, if it turns out we do need more cleaners I'm sure the rest that applied will make wonderful substitutes. So don't give up, your turn may be coming!

Anyway, today, we have for you the 173rd installment of Akagi, courtesy of Leoho and Kazuhiko. I picked Leoho's clean because he was the first one to send me a clean that was up to our standards. Thanks a lot to him, and everyone else who sent me a clean for this chapter!

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"That 'Fold' was his true aim! Akagi had aimed for the 9-Pin that would come from Folding!"

Pretty epic chapter here, though the outcome was probably predictable based on the last chapter. Washizu is dumbfounded by Akagi's Riichi, but quickly rationalizes that the riichi must be to boost his hand up to Baiman, and therefore avoids dealing any tiles that would play into a Hon Itsu hand. Little does he know, Akagi does not in fact have a Hon Itsu, and instead has merely a Riichi Pinfu, worth 2000 points, with a wait on the exact tile that would come out of Washizu's hand should he choose to fold. Akagi was down by nearly 100,000 points, so it would only make sense that he would aim for the Hon Itsu Baiman hand. But instead, he aimed for the 2000-point hand, something that Washizu could not have predicted.



Washizu is shocked, but not at all worried by this turn of events, as even with this 3900 points, the difference has only lowered by 7800. While it's true that direct hits are what Akagi wants, the quality of this particular direct hit makes it unlikely to cause any significant concerns for Washizu, or so he thinks.

But for now, we enter the South 1st Round, Akagi's Dealer Turn. Will Washizu try and end Akagi's dealer turn asap, or will he continue to focus on the singular goal of not dealing into any of Akagi's hands? I suppose we shall see.

18 comments:

  1. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Awesome, guys. Good to see you back. Although I had trouble finding the file on the download page due to the inconsistent naming convention.

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  3. Would you say the series is getting close to the end as of volume 27, or does it look like it could still go on for a number of years?

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    1. Depends on your point of view of the events that are going on. I won't give specifics, but it's at a point where the Washizu Arc *could* end pretty soon if Fukumoto wanted it to, but he could also very easily continue it. As of the latest magazine releases, it's unclear which way it will go.

      Though I certainly don't think the series is ending any time soon, whether the Washizu Arc ends soon or not. There's still much of Akagi's life we haven't seen, and it's a massive cash cow for Fukumoto and Kindai Mahjong alike.

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  4. Wait a second... That small win looks really suspicious, especially since he set the money aside. Could Akagi be placing his hopes on getting small direct wins and drain Washizu's money before they even reach the final round?
    I could see Akagi winning a few times and then demand Washizu's bonus payment one more time, and since Washizu no longer has any money to pay even a small win, Akagi could win by default...

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    1. Yes, when you look at Washizu's money reserves, the difference is effectively halved. It's still 55k minus the 7800 here, but it's far easier to take down than the 100k.

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    2. I think the idea here is to ignore the huge point difference and drain Washizu of his money, as you said. That said, I don't think he's looking to win by default. More likely, in keeping with the theme of Akagi wanting a true match to the death with a worthy opponent, I think Akagi wants to drain Washizu's money so he has to play with blood. And then, with the stakes being equal for both of them, beating Washizu would be much simpler because of how comparatively little he would have to take from Washizu to win (since if he dies, then the game is over, just like if Akagi died; I would think it would operate the same way in reverse).

      From a thematic standpoint, it would make sense. It's also much more likely to be successful since Washizu is fully into defending himself now and is more susceptible to these smaller blows. After all the build-up of Akagi wanting a true match to the death, I can't imagine that this very large arc would end with just money being exchanged.

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  5. Please tell me you will be back on some sort of schedule now that you have cleaners? I know that the summer is almost over and all of you are in school. But as someone who is physically addicted to FKMT and has no conceivable means of learning Japanese. . . I need you

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    1. Thanks to modern technology, learning Japanese isn't as inconceivable as it was a decade ago. As long as you have a brain,internet(and since you are posting here you have those two) and around 1 hour of spare time per day you can do it.

      I was once in your position as well, thinking of the japanese language as a gigantic mountain completly unable to ever be overcome. Well, now i'm five months in and making daily progress. I can already read easy things, and while the road ahead is certainly still a long one, it's nice to know that i will reach the Goal.

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  6. man when was that it would have helped me practice some cleaning! a whatever, maybe i don't need to practice at all hey people any of you feels like helping happy scans? XD.

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  7. Good to see you back. Thanks for the chapter.

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  8. Thanks for the new release! I thought i'd never see you guys again. ^_^

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  9. Awesome, Akagi's back!!!

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  10. Yay for new akagi

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  11. Thank you for the chapter! Also, does anyone know who is translating Gin to Kin lately? I can't find their site and I wanted to thank'em too.

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  12. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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  13. Would 'welcome back' be the right thing to say here? I'll say it anyway. Welcome back. And thank you for the release.

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